The project was a collaboration between the Community Alliance Trust (CAT) and the Edible Estates project. CAT is a well established development trust working with the local community across the regeneration development of Craigmillar, South-east Edinburgh. Edible Estates has been working with communities throughout Edinburgh for the last four years, transforming greenspace in former council estates into community gardens and edible landscapes.
Magdalene is a former council estate in the wider Craigmillar area consisting of 985 households, and approximately 2,000 people.
The local Community Council in Magdalene had identified the possibility for a food growing project in the estate, which has large backgreen areas, pockets of greenspace at the street corners, and extensive open space around the local primary school. The aim was to utilise these areas in a project which would encourage the community to work together, enrich their local area, and create a space where people could learn the skills to grow and cook healthy, local affordable food.